Imagine a series of virtual high-fives when Ikea announced it was planning to use biodegradable mushroom-based packaging instead of polystyrene in an effort to be more eco-friendly. It happens that the mushroom-based material Ikea is embracing was invented by Ecovative, an innovator that Further By Design and SecondMuse have helped accelerate. The companies have worked together for six years on solving complex societal and environmental challenges through a systemic approach, including founding the award-winning LAUNCH program with NASA, Nike, USAID and the U.S. Department of State in 2010.
Today we announce that SecondMuse and Further By Design have formally merged to understand and solve some of the most daunting global challenges by developing more effective innovation programs.
“We saw the value of aligning our resources and learnings to advance impact in areas such as disaster response, sustainability, climate change, and internet freedom,” says Todd Khozein of SecondMuse.
In the short time since the two companies merged, SecondMuse has expanded LAUNCH globally and is working on several programs with clients such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia. These challenges are centered on aquaculture and ocean conservation and focused on Pacific humanitarian disaster relief and the blue economy. The team is also actively designing a Big Data Innovation Challenge with the World Bank.
“We realized that there were few people thinking about innovation in the way we were,” says Jeff Hamaoui, formerly of Further By Design. “Coming together gives us a chance to do bigger projects and help each other work at a scale that is already changing the game for us.”
As SecondMuse looks to build on what has already been a remarkable year, the company is currently developing innovation platforms in chemistry, health, internet freedom and next generation manufacturing in New York City. SecondMuse is also preparing for the largest hackathon in history with over 170 cities as part of NASA’s International Space Apps.